Kresta in the Afternoon – April 18, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Papal Address to Catholic  Univ. Presidents

    Pope Benedict XVI asked American Catholic educators to "reflect on what is particular to our Catholic institutions," during his address yesterday evening to the leaders of Catholic colleges and universities. About 600 educators attended the papal address, which he delivered at Catholic University. Also on hand were 195 directors of diocesan education programs. Fr. Terrance Henry, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville was among them. He joins us.

    Second Topic – Pope to visit Park East Synagogue today

    Pope Benedict XVI says that interreligious dialogue has a purpose beyond establishing a peaceful society: The point of this dialogue is to find the truth. The Pope affirmed this yesterday in a meeting with interreligious leaders at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. After his meeting with interreligious leaders, the Holy Father had a special address for the Jewish people for their feast of Passover, which begins Saturday. Today he will visit Park East Synagogue in New York City. Rosalind and David Moss join us to discuss the Church’s relationship with the Jewish people and the significance of the Pope’s outreach to Jews on this trip.

    Third Topic – Pope Addresses UN – Champions human dignity

    In his address before the United Nations this morning, Pope Benedict launched a spirited defense of human rights and called for greater dialogue between cultures. The pontiff reminded all 192 UN member states of their duty to protect their people from human rights abuses. His UN visit is the fourth by a pope, following those by Paul VI in 1965 and John Paul II in 1979 and 1995. Pia de Solenni was there and joins us to discuss the address.

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